Giving Blood, Saving Lives

Madison West campus holds first blood drive

Medical assistant students at Globe University-Madison West helped raise awareness for the campus blood drive and exceed the American Red Cross’s goal for the event.

Students in the CMA Review Seminar felt that hosting a blood drive fit well for their service-learning project. A blood drive allowed students to practice their communication and patient care skills while giving back to the community.

Medical assistant student Olivia Villarreal said the project was remarkable. “This experience was such an asset to my knowledge and really enhanced what we have been learning as medical assistants here at Globe,” she said. “Having that one-on-one contact with patients, knowing how to deal with situations and learning about the Red Cross all will help me become a better medical assistant.”

Of the 41 donors who signed up, 16 were first-time donors. “I think that is amazing,” said medical assistant program chair Crystal Hansen. “To have this be our first blood drive on campus and have 16 first-time donors is really impressive. It was true community service to have my students pull together and get others to donate.”

The medical assistant students’ hard work helped the Red Cross collect 35 units of blood, surpassing its goal of 25 units.